Salty Nutty Peanut Bars

Honorable Mention - Contest Recipe 2008! Sweet and salty flavors partner in a delicious candylike bar cookie.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 10 min
  • Servings 60

Ingredients

Cookie Base

1
pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ peanut butter cookie mix
3
tablespoons vegetable oil
1
tablespoon water
1
egg
2
cups dry-roasted or honey-roasted peanuts

Topping

1
bag (10 oz) miniature marshmallows
1/2
cup butter or margarine
1/2
cup peanut butter
1
can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
1
bag (10 oz) peanut butter chips (1 2/3 cups)
2
cups dry-roasted or honey-roasted peanuts

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, stir all cookie base ingredients except peanuts until soft dough forms. Press dough in bottom of pan. Sprinkle evenly with 2 cups peanuts; press lightly into dough. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until light golden brown. Cool 30 minutes.
  • 2 In 3-quart saucepan, heat marshmallows and butter over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until melted. Stir in peanut butter, milk and peanut butter chips until smooth.
  • 3 Immediately pour marshmallow mixture over cookie base; spread evenly. Sprinkle evenly with 2 cups peanuts; press gently into marshmallow mixture. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm. For bars, cut into 10 rows by 6 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

Skip the cooking spray, and instead line the pan with quick-release foil for easy cleanup and removal of bars from the pan.

Serve bars in mini paper or metallic cups for a dessert buffet.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
190
(
Calories from Fat
100),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
11%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
150mg
150%;
Total Carbohydrate
19g
19%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
12g
12%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.